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2016 MN GIS/LIS Consortium Spring Workshops
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The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is pleased to present a diverse list of course offerings on
Thursday, May 19, at the University Minnesota Minneapolis Campus.

Minneapolis Location

University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus (map)
Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S
Minneapolis 55455

Online Registration is now closed. Please Register onsite.

Registration Form PDF

Post-Workshop Networking Event (RSVP)

Remote Locations

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Selected sessions will be available via broadcast. These sessions will be viewable at select locations in Minnesota. You may register for these sessions and attend the workshop in person, or head to one of the following locations to watch the broadcast. Please see session details to find out if the session is available at these locations.

University of Minnesota-Duluth (map)
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812

Minnesota State University-Moorhead (map)
1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563

St. Mary's University (map)
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987


Frequently Asked Questions PDF

For more information contact:

Michelle Trager,
Len Kne, 

Additional Event Details By Location


  • Each half-day workshop: $100
  • Additional Item: Pre-paid parking pass for Minneapolis Location: $12 (optional).


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Check-in/Registration/Refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Morning Workshops Begin

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break (15 minutes)


Morning Workshops Adjourn

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Afternoon Workshop Check-In (lunch provided if requested)

1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops Begin

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break (15 minutes)

4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops Adjourn

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Networking Event at Republic (RSVP)

Session Details

Spring Workshop Session Descriptions PDF

AM Workshops

AM1 Half Day (Hands-On) – AutoCAD and GIS Integration
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Rob Bigelow, Bolton & Menk

In many cases, CAD and GIS are like oil and water.  They both offer unique advantages as well as their own level of complexity and learning curves.  However, when integration is understood and set up properly, CAD data can be a great benefit to GIS.  The intent of this workshop is to show you how to set up CAD and GIS to talk to each other and demonstrate workflows that show how data flows between the two.   It will also be interactive; so please bring any CAD/GIS integration problems or solutions you would like to share with your peers.

CANCELLED AM2 Half Day (Lecture) – Business Analyst and Business Sustainability  

9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate           
Instructor: Pierre Callies, University of Saint Thomas - Normandale Community College

Discover how to Utilize ESRI Business Analyst to evaluate the business sustainability using primary and secondary data! This session will present three cases that a number of GIS and Business Students worked on this semester. The GIS for business students teamed with the Marketing students to deliver recommendations to a few real clients that can have impact on the economy.

CANCELLED AM3 Half Day (Hands-On) – Get a Little More than just the “GISt”
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Anne Morris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

This is a refresher class intended for people with some ArcMap experience. We will cover adding data from various sources, creating your own data, editing your own data, and producing a basic final layout to export maps using data driven pages.

AM4 Half Day (Hands-On) – Creating Simple GIS Applications with Python
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Sam Giebner & Kris Johnson, North Point Geographic Solutions

Using a stand-alone graphic user interface (GUI) allows for the development of powerful apps that can utilize a wide variety of GIS software and can be easily shared cross-platform. This workshop will teach you the basics of creating stand-alone GUI’s for your Python scripts using the Tkinter native Python package. In this workshop, you will learn the necessary Python concepts for creating Tkinter GUI’s, including classes and modules, as well as how to utilize the many widgets available in the Tkinter package. We will also create several simple GIS tools with the Tkinter GUI and discuss tool sharing best practices. You’ll leave with the skills and knowledge necessary for creating your own stand alone Python app!

AM5 Half Day (Lecture) – Preparing and Validating Spatial Data for Emergency Dispatch Next Generation 911
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Victor Barnett, Ramsey County Emergency Communications
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona

This workshop covers the essentials of preparing your data for both the statewide NG 911 data set, and being able to utilize this same data in your 911 center for dispatch and call taking.  We will cover three types of data in great detail.  First, response areas typically used in computer aided dispatch and how these relate to Emergency Service Zone Numbers used by the State for attaching information to 911 calls.  Secondly, how to prepare a street centerline data set, with all the attributes needed for vehicle and 911 call routing.  Third, the use of address points, with a particular emphasis on using them for accurate dispatch for situations where street centerlines will yield different results.  Also how address points are can be utilized for keeping track of common names used by most 911 centers.  Lastly, we will look at how data is viewed through a CAD system, and any special considerations this may require. 

CANCELLED AM6 Half Day (Lecture) – Running Enterprise GIS Systems in God Mode 
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Jessica Fendos, Ramsey County Information Services 

This workshop introduces major building blocks of an enterprise GIS system (Spatial Database Engine, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Online), how these components work to complement each other, and the power of a behind-the-scene GIS System Administrator running these sub systems in safe mode to deliver efficient GIS solutions across the enterprise. This class will be helpful for all levels of GIS professionals, ranging from those who wish to pursue a career in managing a GIS system to anyone who leverages the offerings from such a system and wants to understand the scope of its capabilities. Based on real-life scenarios, instructor will demonstrate Ramsey County’s enterprise GIS system at work and highlight system monitoring tools and automated tasks used to tackle user issues and system bottlenecks through the lens of an Enterprise GIS System Administrator.

AM7 Half Day (Hands-On) – Introduction to Python Using ArcMap's Field Calculator
9:00am – 12:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Terese Rowekamp, GIS Workshop  

Learn the basics of Python programming while also learning the power of ArcMap's Field Calculator. This hands-on workshop will introduce a non-programmer to the Python scripting language. The workshop will start with an introduction to Python programming concepts using ArcMap's Python window and will then move on to creating and executing Python code blocks in the Field Calculator.

PM Workshops

PM1 Half Day (Hands-On) – Introduction to QGIS  
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Beginner     
Instructor:  Cory Richter, City of Saint Paul

This is a quick start guide to using QGIS. The purpose is to demonstrate the basics of creating projects, editing data, and simple analysis. Included will be an overview of other Open Source tools available in the OSGeo Live download. At the end of the class you will be able to use QGIS, and be able to teach “non-GIS” people how to edit data and create simple projects. This is useful for organizations or groups that have license limitations, temporary data editors, and those that are curious about Open Source tools.        

PM2 Half Day (Hands-On) – Get Up to Speed with ArcGIS Online
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Beginner                 
Instructor:  Kyle Wikstrom, Pro-West & Associates, Inc.

Catch up in 3 hours! The world of ArcGIS Online moves fast. New application templates become available and new functionalities emerge often, and the opportunities seem endless – but only if you can keep up! Therein lies the challenge – finding the time to come to grips with what ArcGIS Online has to offer and staying on top of new developments. This can feel impossible to fit into an already-full schedule, but it is too valuable to ignore. That's where this workshop can help you – Pro-West has done the legwork so you don't have to. We'll bring you a digest of must-know information that will empower you with simple and significant ways to take your organization to the next level!

PM3 Half Day (Lecture) – Configuring ArcGIS for Mobile Data Collection and Crowdsourcing
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate
Instructor:  Jayson Hagen, Esri
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona

Esri has a suite of configurable applications to simplify data collection in the field and by crowdsourcing. Collector, Survey123, Crowdsource Reporter, Crowdsource Polling, and GeoForm applications will be covered. Learn about the benefits of these apps and how to configure them for the benefit of your organization.              

PM4 Half Day (Hands-On) – Advanced Python: Build your own Classes and Modules
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Advanced
Instructor:  Zeb Thomas, Department of Natural Resources

Learn how to write python classes and use the classes or functions you write to build your own python modules. Use this to build a library of utility scripts to reuse your code more effectively to help build more complex readable scripts.

PM5 Half Day (Hands-On) – Customizing the Parcel Fabric for your Business Needs
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Intermediate           
Instructor:  Ryan Stovern, St. Louis County

In this workshop we will discuss and demonstrate the endless possibilities of managing land records in the parcel fabric. Determine how to customize the Local Government Information Model and the Parcel Fabric beyond the standard Esri data model to fit your business needs. Why not to be afraid of customizing the Local Government Information Model.

PM6 Half Day (Lecture) – ArcGIS for Server 10.3 & Beyond
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Audience Level: Advanced
Instructor:  Justin Hansen, WSB & Associates, Inc.
Remote Broadcast: UMD, MSU-Moorhead, SMU-Winona

This workshop will serve as an advanced look into ArcGIS Server 10.3 from both the IT and GIS management perspective. Existing users of ArcGIS Server will find the most benefit from this workshop as topics will range from installation recommendations, system architecture guidelines, security best practices, load testing and more. In addition, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of running ArcGIS Server in Amazon’s Cloud. Also, we’ll look at where Esri’s is going with the ArcGIS Platform and how ArcGIS Server fits within Esri’s ever changing ecosystem including ArcGIS Portal. This workshop will benefit both IT professionals and GIS Managers seeking to understand how to best manage their ArcGIS Server 10.3 deployment or existing infrastructure. While this workshop is targeted at advanced users with ArcGIS Server experience, it will provide a solid introduction to core ArcGIS Server concepts.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds (less $25 administrative charge) will be issued with a written cancellation notice received by May 6, 2016. To send a cancellation notification via fax to the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, please use 651-290-2266. Notifications received after May 6, 2016 will NOT receive a refund, nor will no-shows at the event. 

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